100 New Longships, Amsterdam, Amsterdam Maritime Museum, Amsterdam Pancake Boat, Europe, Keukenhof, Longship, Nemo, Viking River Cruise
Anticipation elevates the excitement of the journey to another level.
With last opportunities for sightseeing in Amsterdam swiftly drawing to a close, our restlessness was once again building. We’d been so looking forward to this wonderfully luxurious 15 day Viking River Cruise. We’d originally booked it so many, many months ago…some twelve months or more in fact; an absolute eternity ago. Ah but finally the big day was drawing near. We would soon be sailing off down the Rhine. Less than 24 hours to go now. We couldn’t wait!
We would soon be boarding our practically brand new Viking Longship called “Tor”. And it had only just been christened in Amsterdam one short month ago. Indeed, Viking had evidently broken all records on March 20, 2013 when they’d christened a total of 10 brand new Longships on the same day. This was reported to be on the back of them having also christened an incredible 8 Longships the previous year in 2012. I believe they’re now striving to break their own record yet again in 2014, when they hope to christen a further 14 Longships.
The world is obviously hooked on cruising…or so it would appear. Only having to unpack the once as you travel luxuriously through the meandering waterways and in and out of so many different countries certainly adds to the appeal for us.
Viking makes no secret of the fact that they are hoping to introduce a total of 100 new Longships by 2020. They evidently have more and more people seeking to cruise through Europe than ever before.
As a lead up to this exciting Holiday (my very first holiday in Europe), dearly beloved and I had already been surfing, bookmarking and watching many of the Viking promotional videos as well as the Longship christening ceremonies of 2012 and 2013. Isn’t the internet such a wonderful medium (when its working properly that is!) It makes it just so easy to get all the information you could ever possibly want within the comfort of your own home. (I’ve actually included some of the Viking promotional video links here for anyone who, like myself, would like to pursue a little armchair travelling.)
I often try to include links to interesting videos, Wikipedia Information and many other major tourist destination websites in my blogs. I do this especially for those of you who might enjoy the comfort of the armchair travel scene. I myself often love to travel to the other side of the globe and back without having to even leave my street let alone the country.
Anyway for today’s blog I’m simply posting the very last of my favourite photos from our sightseeing in and around Amsterdam and the beautiful Keukenhof Garden. I hope you like some of them as well! I’d really love to hear which ones happen to appeal to you the most and perhaps why. Drop me a line …… let me know.
- Viking Increases Its Longships Order to 14 Vessels (USA) (worldmaritimenews.com)
- Viking River Cruises Host To A Surprising Mix Of Cruise Travelers (chriscruises.com)
- Viking on the Mississippi in 2015? (o.canada.com)
- 8 Memorable things to do while visiting Amsterdam (goldenthoughtspot.com)
- Keukenhof Garden – A Kaleidoscope of Spring colour (kidazzleink.com)
- From Austria to The Netherlands – From Mozart’s country to the land of the tulips (kidazzleink.com)
Pancake boat? Wait til I tell my son!
The views of the Amsterdam IJ were also marvellous from the pancake boat.
You are welcome; that is on my bucket list of places to go.
Those flowers are a beautiful start to my day – vivid and so pretty. I love the globe too. I’ll bet the longship experience was unique. 😉
I’m so glad you liked them Dawn. I love taking photos and especially of flowers. They are one of my favourites.
Flowers are amazing – I have had success in the garden this year (unusual for me as I’m not great at gardening). Marigolds and pansies – they have been stunning, oh and a hanging basket filled with pink busy lizzies that was only £5 from Tesco and was a bonny delight 😉
Lynne Ayers said:
Some beautiful shots here, especially of the tulips. I’m with you – finish one trip and can’t wait to start planning the next. We were away in Europe for 3 weeks in the spring and have begun talk and plans for the next which will be in 12 months. As often and as far as the $$ and health will allow. 🙂
Lynne Ayers said:
Oh, and I can also relate to the 3000 pictures 🙂
Yes I always like to take photos of flowers. They’re just so bright and colourful. It can be hard to stop taking photos when there are so many lovely new subjects around you.
I’m with you Lynne. Since we’ve been back life hasn’t been quite as exciting. Travel can be so morish. We’re now thinking we may go and have a look at some more of China next year. Oh and thank you for your comment re my photos.
Lynne Ayers said:
China is still on my list … and you’re welcome.
I’m glad you liked them. I love taking them and I must admit that I take way too many of them….just ask my dearly beloved!! He’s always waiting for me to catch up.